Mussel farm world class says Minister

AUSTRALIA - The State Government will allow a world-class mussel farm to develop in Twofold Bay, based on a set of strict conditions to protect the local environment.</b> <br><br> NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Ian Macdonald, announced he had approved the expansion of the facility from 15.5 hectares to 49.5 hectares, after considering community submissions on the issue. <br><br> &quot;This is part of the Government&#39;s plan to develop aquaculture along the NSW, as a vital means of easing the pressure on fish stocks,&quot; Mr Macdonald said. <br><br> &quot;It follows 13 years of consultation between the local community, local council and State Government, starting from when the original mussel farming proposal was advertised in 1992. <br><br> &quot;The Government has struck a balance between local jobs, industry, the environment and the economy. <br><br> &quot;Based on detailed, independent assessments, I am satisfied the mussel farm does not pose a significant risk to the environment. <br><br> <i>Source: The magnet</i>

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